New six-year geology course at Birkbeck, University of London, spreads learning and fees

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It’s not too late for would-be geologists to apply this autumn for an innovative course designed to allow students to learn and pay tuition fees over a longer period.

Birkbeck's main building at night

Birkbeck's main building at night

Birkbeck’s graduates develop careers in geology, industry, engineering, surveying and education

A new part-time degree in geology taught over six years in the evenings is to be launched this October at Birkbeck, University of London. The decelerated BSc in Geology includes introductions to a range of subjects, including palaeontology, and the study of volcanoes and rocks.

The Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences at Birkbeck has primarily designed the course for mature students with degrees as they are ineligible for the Government’s student loans. The fees are charged pro rata so the annual fee of £4,000 (£5,965 for international students) for the decelerated degree is roughly half the annual fee for a three-year degree.

Birkbeck is a world-class research and teaching institution, a vibrant centre of academic excellence and London’s only specialist provider of evening higher education. The College encourages applications from students without traditional qualifications and it offers a wide range of programmes to suit every entry level.

In addition to the six-year decelerated degree, the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences offers a range of part-time face-to-face and distance learning courses, including Certificates of Higher Education, undergraduate BSc degrees and research degrees at MReS and PhD level. Students are taught by internationally-recognised experts, and Birkbeck’s graduates develop careers in geology, industry, engineering, surveying and education.

The BSc Geology, BSc Earth Sciences, BSc Environmental Geology and BSc Planetary Sciences with Astronomy can all be studied part-time over four or six years via face-to-face teaching or distance learning. The BSc Geology degree, which can also be taken over 3 years via UCAS entry, is accredited by the Geological Society as a recognised professional qualification.

This year part-time undergraduate students, for the first time, will not have to pay for their course upfront if they meet certain criteria. Government loans to cover tuition fees are available for people studying an undergraduate degree or Certificate of Higher Education for the first time if they are classified as a Home/EU student.

The distance learning courses are studied by students based in the UK and around the world. They can access course materials and video recordings of lectures wherever they are in the world at whatever time suits them. Students can also swap back and forth between distance learning mode and face-to-face mode when it suits them, as the fees and materials are identical.

The Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences is part of Birkbeck's School of Science and the highly rated UCL/Birkbeck Joint Research School in Earth Sciences, facilitating access to a wide range of research resources and expertise.

For more information please visit: http://www.bbk.ac.uk/es/prospective or call 020 3073 8032 .

To apply for a course starting this October, please visit: http://www.bbk.ac.uk/study/all_courses/earthsciences.html .

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